If you are overweight, don’t think “I need to go on a diet”, instead think “I need a new lifestyle”.
When you finally decide you need to lose the weight, don’t start a diet as an immediate solution to a problem, like having to buy a larger size dress instead of one two sizes smaller than you are; or your belt is too small and you have to buy a larger one, not a good sign. In men, an increase in waistline can mean your heart may be feeling the pressure of that extra fat around your waist.
Time to make some changes; but these changes cannot or should not be made to solve a temporary obstacle. You must decide to change your life-style rather than going on a diet. You know that what you have been doing so far does not work, so perhaps it’s time to try something different.
Don’t be impatient to lose those unwanted pounds, allow yourself enough time to lose them safely. Remember, you did not gain the weight overnight and you cannot expect your body to drop those pounds overnight.
By now you have realized that all those diets you have been on, just do not work! Time for a different approach. Time for a life-style change.
Think long-term results. Start by finding out what your caloric intake should be, based on your sex, height, age and physical activity. In order to start losing the weight, deduct 500 calories daily from your plan if you want to lose one pound per week. I know, that does not sound like much, but then, in order to lose more, increase your physical activity and the crowning point is…Stop eating from fast food places, which contain high amounts of saturated fats, salt and carbohydrates.
Yes, in this time of stress, rushing from here to there, working late and whatever else, it is easier to turn to fast food, processed foods and processed meats which are loaded with all kind of chemicals for enhancing color, and Nitrites for extending the shelve life of the product. Let’s not forget boxed or canned items.
By embracing all the modern commodities of our life-style, which by the way, are wonderful, we should also be aware of what it is exactly that we are consuming and what exactly are manufacturers feeding us. Make a habit of reading labels.
Try a life-style change that includes protein, vegetables, and low sugar fruits, instead of refined carbohydrates, loaded with sugar, boxed or canned foods not only loaded with chemicals but also with salt.